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Def: (noun)  The impossibility of simultaneously measuring what it is that a bureaucrat is doing while also achieving the stated public-interest objectives of the agency said bureaucrat allegedly represents.

Illustration: George’s diner records food inspector in New York City. When not being recorded, the inspector awards the diner an A for cleanliness. When we try to measure and examine what the inspector is doing, well, things change.

One Response to “The Heisenberg Bureaucracy Principle”

  1. RIT_Rich says:

    Well as with everything, there’s multiple sides to a story. This, for example “had accumulated 56 points under another inspector last month.”

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